International Programs

Study Abroad

Safety Tips

A successful study abroad experience is a safe study abroad experience. We strongly encourage you to consider the following safety tips:

Before You Go

  • Make two copies of your passport. Keep one copy in a safe place and leave one copy at home. Once you arrive in country, leave your passport in a secure location except when traveling. Do not carry it around at all times.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) prior to departure.
  • Review the country information page of your host country and stay current on world events on the U.S. Department of State website
  • If your destination country is under an active travel warning be aware of the specific risks. You will be required to complete a Travel Warning Waiver when you submit your application in Horizons.
  • Check out for information on diversity and inclusion in your host country (ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, gender, etc.)

Be a Smart Traveler

  • When traveling, research the safest modes of transport. Review the country information page of your host country on the U.S. Department of State website before you go.
  • Keep all valuables on your person while traveling. If possible, carry minimal cash and separate your cash from your credit or debit cards.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, and never accept packages from strangers. Pick-pocketing is a widespread problem, and Americans are often a prime target. Stay constantly aware of your surroundings.
  • Don't bring extremely valuable possessions with you. If you have an irreplaceable item, it is best to leave it at home.

Think About Your Actions

  • While studying abroad, students are representatives of Towson University. You are bound to the TU Student Code of Conduct while you are overseas. If we are informed of any breaches to the code of conduct, there may be ramifications when you return to campus.
  • Every year, students hurt themselves in alcohol-related incidents. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so responsibly! Stay with other people at all times, and exercise good judgment.
  • Do not become involved with illegal drugs. The punishment for drug use in some countries is extremely severe.
  • Road accidents are the number one cause of injury to U.S. citizens abroad. Become familiar with safe modes of public transportation and avoid driving in unfamiliar areas.
  • Avoid potentially volatile situations, such as protests, rallies and well-known American hot-spots.
  • Be sure that your faculty or program director consistently knows of your whereabouts, and establish a way to stay in contact with your family and friends.

Ask For Help

  • If something does happen while you are overseas, stay calm and find your way to a safe location as soon as possible.
  • Contact the international office at your host institution or program representative on site.
  • Follow instructions provided by the local authorities.
  • Touch base with your emergency contacts and our office to let us know you are safe.

Study Abroad Office
Rm. #408, Psychology Building
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2451

Fax: 410-704-4703

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